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Published March 3, 2010


This is episode 208 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:

Episode 208:
Microsoft Slams Google Over Privacy, Digg Finally Making Money, Facebook Patents the News Feed, and more...

What's new in Episode 208

Today's Guests:
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editor, GigaOM.com
Rob Enderle, President, EnderleGroup
Rafe Needleman, Executive Editor, CNET

The Topics:
Microsoft Slams Google Over Antitrust

European antitrust regulators are investigating whether Google intentionally buries search results that might promote competitors. "Google's public response to this growing regulatory concern has been to point elsewhere--at Microsoft," said Microsoft attorney Dave Heiner. Has the anti-Evil committee failed?

Facebook Patents the News Feed

Facebook has secured a patent to a feature that many of its competitors have adopted - the news feed. It governs a "method for displaying a news feed in a social network environment." Could this eventually box out competitors. Also, more generally, at the scale it is now at, should Facebook be beefing up its patent portfolio?

How Newspapers Killed Themselves

"Newspapers are on life support, and they have no one to blame but themselves," I wrote in a recent PCMag column. The NY Times is about to make a huge mistake. The paper thinks it can charge readers $360 or so a year for the privilege of browsing its pages on the iPad or Kindle. When will the papers realize the party is over?

Wal-Mart Buying Vudu: Confused Yet?

Why is Wal-Mart buying second-tier online video player Vudu? asks PCMag's Lance Ulanoff. You've probably noticed the trend toward Internet-ready consumer electronics pre-loaded with services like Netflix On Demand. Vudu will be Wal-Mart's play, perhaps in HDTVs and Blu-ray players. Will it work though?

The Future of the Smartphone

In a column on future phones, PCMag's Michael Miller noted that in most of the advanced smartphone applications shown at Mobile World Congress, most processing was done in the cloud, not on phones. Broadcom's newchip aimed at phones now supports 1080p recording and playback, but will future smartphones be powered more by the cloud?

Topic links:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2360744,00.asp
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2360728,00.asp
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2360209,00.asp
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2360250,00.asp
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2360268,00.asp


Run time 31:31
Producer pcmag
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

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